Hikers in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve / photo by Lanette Otvos

Waterfall Wonder

April 9, 2024
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thornewood Preserve
Approximate Total Miles

Discover the natural and cultural history of this small yet diverse preserve on a leisurely-paced hike with Docent Naturalists Bobbie Riedel and Nick Yatsko. You’ll follow the Bridle Trail to observe the small waterfalls and pools of Dennis Martin Creek, consider the remnants of historic logging operations, wander in the shade of moss-covered trees, and listen within the quiet of a redwood forest. (Note: There are no restrooms and parking is limited; carpooling is recommended.)

Where to Meet

Meet at the Thornewood Parking Area on La Honda Road. From I-280, take the Highway 84/Woodside Road exit. Follow Highway 84/Woodside Road through Woodside and then to a junction with Portola Road at 3.3. miles. Bear right to stay on Highway 84, now La Honda Road. At 4.9 miles from Highway 280, turn left at a brick wall marked 895-897; look for the Midpen sign just inside this gate. The small parking area is on the right about 500 feet from the entrance gate. Please do not drive beyond this lot toward the private residences.

Alternatively, from the junction of Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) and Highway 84 in Sky Londa, take Highway 84/La Honda Road north 1.9 miles and turn right at the brick wall marked 895-897.

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